Series 238 - Eric Fry papers

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Eric Fry papers


  • 1936 - 2004 (Creation)

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4.2 m (16 type 1 boxes and one non-standard box)

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(1921 - 2007)

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Eric Fry was born on 21 August 1921 in Broken Hill, New South Wales. From 1938 to 1941 he worked in the Commonwealth Public Service and studied at the University of Sydney (B Econ). He was on military service from 1941-1946. Fry obtained an Honours Degree in Arts 1950; Diploma of Education 1951; and a PhD from the Australian National University 1956. Fry's first academic appointment was Lecturer in History at the University of Western Australia in 1956. He was Lecturer in History at the University of New England 1957-1959; Senior Lecturer in History at Canberra University College in 1959; Senior Lecturer in the new History Department, Faculty of Arts, Australian National University 1960- 1967; Reader in History 1967-1986; Dean of the Faculty of Arts 1973-1975. He is a founding member, along with Robin (Bob) Gollan, of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History which was established in 1961. Fry was the society's first secretary and later President, 1984-1986. He died on 3 October 2007.

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The papers range from school and university awards and photographs, to research notes and lectures over a thirty-year teaching career. There are also drafts of unpublished books, draft chapters of the book 'Tale of Two Trippers' (Items 22-33), and correspondence with colleagues and students. Includes cassette tapes of lectures (Items 111-114), research papers on Monty Miller (Items 117-126), lectures and research material for a book on Australian history 1949-72 (Items 127-147), draft history of the Australian National University (Items 148-160), ANU PhD bonnet and gown.


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Open access under a thirty-year rule; information about students may be restricted

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The National Library has a collection of Eric Fry’s papers (MS 9691)

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Prepared by Maggie Shapley on 10 September 2007




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